On July 3, 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley announced two historic judicial appointments to the Maryland Court of Appeals. The Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera was appointed as Maryland’s first woman Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Governor O'Malley also appointed the Honorable Shirley Watts to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Bell. These appointments give the Maryland Court of Appeals its first ever female majority, first female Chief Judge, and first African American female judge.
In addition to the selections to the Maryland Court of Appeals, Governor O'Malley made several selections in the lower courts. Lisa Hall Johnson was appointed to the District Court for Baltimore County, Joan Elizabeth Ryon to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County; Stacy Adele Mayer to the District Court for Baltimore County; and Gregory Cronin Powell to the District Court for Prince George’s County.